This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll learn about the significance of communion in our weekly gatherings. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!
Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:
1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another— if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.
Call to Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:23-27
Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.
Song of Adoration: Crown Him
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:14-17
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
Sermon: When Going To Church Is Bad For You
- 1: Paul’s rebuke for the Corinthians’ communion practices (1 Cor. 11:17-22).
- 2: Paul’s warning for why they should reform their approach (1 Cor. 11:27-34).
- 3: Paul’s explanation of what communion is really about (1 Cor. 11:23-26).
- Have you (or someone you know) ever left church in a worse spot than when you came? What happened to produce that result? What was going on in your heart?
- If someone were to leave our church in a worse spot than when they came, what might be the cause? How has Jesus equipped you to help make sure that doesn’t happen?
- Finish the statement: A church that helps people grow in their love for Jesus and others will _____.
- Family Question: In your own words, why is going to church important?
Communion: Come to the Feast
Song of Confession: All I Have is Christ
Song of Assurance: Once And For All
Benediction: Jude 24-25
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.